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November 30, 2018

Vaccines: declaring chemical warfare on diseases

Every day our bodies fight off germs, viruses, and other microbes that, if left unchecked, would keep us in a constant state of illness. But there are times and certain diseases that slip past these natural defences. That’s where vaccines come in. What are vaccines?  There are several different types of vaccines but they all act in the same way: by “teaching” your body how to fight off a specific germ. Vaccines are weakened or dead forms of diseases that, when injected, start a series of biological reactions that build our immunity against the specific germ they contain. Vaccines are…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 22, 2018

10 Tips to keep your kids happy this holiday

Kids look forward to the holidays all year long. Amid all the fun and merriment, keep their brains exercised and engaged. Here are a few ways to prevent the summer brain drain. 1. Switch off the TV and go live This holiday, give the television a break too. Instead, take your kids to watch theatre shows or outdoor concerts. Live shows teach children the value of audience participation and boost their confidence. Introducing them to different forms of storytelling (other than movies) is also good for their cognitive development. 2. Get out! Encourage your kids to play outside. Set up…
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Parenting
October 8, 2018

Can you treat your child’s epilepsy with a ketogenic diet?

Children with epilepsy have repeated seizures. These are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This condition is usually treated with medicines. But if medicines can’t control the seizures, a special diet like a ketogenic programme might help. A ketogenic (or keto) diet is high-fat and low-carbohydrate. There is evidence to suggest that a diet like this may help to reduce seizures. The science The diet is very high in fat, and very low in carbohydrates, yet does still include sufficient protein to support normal growth and development in your child. According to the University of Rochester Medical Centre,…
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Child HealthParenting
October 8, 2018

Common breastfeeding questions, answered

How soon should your baby start feeding? Is it normal for latching to be so painful? How often should you breastfeed? Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to all new mothers. Here’s what you need to know to breastfeed with confidence. 1. How soon should you start breastfeeding your baby? Having your baby latch onto your breast within the first hour of giving birth is strongly recommended. This is because your baby is most alert in those first few hours and the latching reflex is also at its strongest. Breastfeeding soon after birth has several other benefits: The skin-on-skin contact helps create…
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Child HealthParenting
September 18, 2018

How to produce more breast milk

Being a new mother can be scary! Even more so, if you a low milk supply. There are different reasons for this condition, including waiting too long to start breastfeeding, not breastfeeding enough, breast surgery and certain medications. Other factors may include premature birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and maternal obesity. If you're struggling with producing enough milk for your baby, here are some things you can try: Latch on If your baby has a poor latch, he’ll struggle to remove the milk from your breast. To check that your little one is latched on properly, make sure his mouth…
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Child HealthParenting
June 13, 2018

Protect your baby from cot death

Imagining your baby in any kind of danger is your worst nightmare. So, it’s important to know the risks of something as common as cot death, and how to prevent it. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or cot death, happens for many reasons. It’s when a baby who’s 12 months old, or younger, suddenly dies during sleep with no warning signs. Infants between two and four months are most at risk. Protect your little one There isn’t a foolproof method to prevent SIDS, but there are ways to lower the risk. Baby on his back You may be tempted to…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
May 11, 2018

At what age can my kid have a cellphone?

You’ve decided to give your child a cellphone for safety reasons. But you’re worried. Will he spend his days glued to the tiny screen? What kind of horrors will he be exposed to on the Internet? Is it a big mistake to give him a phone at this age? A child receiving a cellphone has become a 21st century rite of passage, but there’s a lot to consider, with all the emotional, developmental and social risks involved. Know the risks A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that cellphones pose possible health hazards for the brain,…
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Child HealthParenting
May 11, 2018

How to protect your child from diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where your body cannot use glucose effectively. Glucose comes from the food you eat and is used as a source of energy. To use glucose, your body needs a hormone called insulin. Insulin is released into your body by a gland called the pancreas. If you have diabetes, your body either can’t make insulin or can’t use it properly. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is where your immune system attacks your pancreas and destroys the cells that are used to make insulin. Type 2 is where your pancreas can make insulin, but your…
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Child HealthParenting
April 20, 2018

Is your child too clean? He may need a helping of germs!

Our children these days are too clean, say researchers. Rather than it keeping them healthy, over-sterilising them and their environments leave them more vulnerable to illnesses. Sounds strange – but it’s true. Author of the book, Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System, Professor Gilbert explains, “Parents are over-sterilising the environments of their children because they don't understand why dirt is good for us. Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.” And so, ironically, when we ensure that our children…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
March 7, 2018

Tips to help your emotional child

We’re all emotional beings. And we all express our feelings in varied ways. Children are no different but they may have different modes of expressing themselves as they go through development stages. According to the National Council of Developing Children at Harvard University, the emotional health of children or the absence of it, is closely tied to the social and emotional characteristics of the environment in which they live, which includes their parents, families and communities. So, as a parent, you need to understand that those frequent emotional outbursts your child has are not just temperamental. Be prepared and know…
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